Newly acquired Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February, says he plans to be ready for the start of this year’s training camp.
LaVine told Josh Vinson of Fox Sports Radio 1340 at summer league and reporters at the ESPY awards Wednesday night that he is ahead of his rehab schedule.
Zach Lavine talking about his rehab and when he's expected to be back earlier today in my exclusive pic.twitter.com/a25kOPhkSa
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But while the Bulls are fully aware that LaVine has made tremendous progress in his rehab regiment, that’s not going to stop them to err on the side of caution.
FanRag Sports is reporting that Chicago’s brass will likely hold LaVine out closer to the All-Star break in February.
LaVine said at Wednesday’s ESPYS that he plans to be ready for training camp after tearing his ACL in early February, but December projects to be the more likely earliest return. The Bulls probably won’t get to see him on the court in meaningful minutes prior to the rookie extension deadline. That means they can either blindly offer a contract extension in the $100 million range over the next four years or hope restricted free agency treats them well. Either way, the Bulls aren’t expected to let LaVine out of their grasp. Sources familiar with the situation believe the Bulls will likely hold LaVine out closer to the All-Star break.
The Bulls are actually being smart here, for once.
Rushing LaVine back during a rebuild year is pointless and won’t net any positive outcome.
The Bulls are going to be putrid next season anyway. Being conservative with LaVine, who was the centerpiece in the Jimmy Butler trade, is a no-brainer.
The last thing Chicago needs is for LaVine to re-injure himself.
That's not to say LaVine won't be allowed to come back in training camp if cleared. It's just that Bulls will err on conservative side.
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